Despite its small size, Laguna Beach High School’s College Round Up attracts more than 100 representatives from colleges and universities around the country for the annual event, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11.
Like vendors at a farmers market, at College Round Up colleges set up tables from 7-8:30 p.m. in Dugger Gym displaying brochures and spirit wear and representatives field questions about admission requirements, availability of on-campus housing, areas of study, athletics, scholarships, financial aid and more.
“College Round Up has a direct impact on where students choose to apply,” said LBHS counselor David Reska. “I know two students last year who applied to DePaul University in Chicago based on their conversations with the representative they met at College Round Up.”
Added LBHS counselor Nichole Rosa, “College Round Up is a great opportunity for parents and students to meet directly with college representatives in a casual format to get answers to questions, such as majors offered on campus, or the college culture in general.
The round up can serve as a little known edge, said Rosa. “Oftentimes, the representative for our local area is also the first reader on the student’s application. A face-to-face interaction with a college representative can put a face with an otherwise unknown name on an application,” she pointed out.
Moreover, College Round Up exposes students to colleges that they may not have previously considered, she said.
The school’s counseling team organizes the event, which this year includes Revolution Test Prep, said counselor Angela Pilon.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Revolution Test Prep will host a financial aid workshop in the Artists’ Theatre from 5:30-6:30 p.m. “Financing the cost of an education can be a deciding factor in the college selection process and we want to ensure that our community is well versed and knowledgeable about the qualifications and resources available,” Pilon said.